Today's technology has made it possible to sustain patients with little or no hope of recovery almost indefinitely. Planning ahead for the care you would want in critical situations is vital. Who will make decisions about your care should you become seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself? Who will decide when treatment should end? You should!
Advance planning helps ensure that your healthcare decisions are honored and protects your family from making difficult choices without knowing your wishes. Your nurse can give you information that will help you make advance directives your family and caregivers can execute on your behalf, should you become incapacitated. You can make advance directives through informal discussions with your family and/or legal documentation. The information includes the following documents to help you communicate your choices:
Durable Power of Attorney for healthcare
Donations of organs
Do Not Resuscitate orders
Remember that it is important to provide your doctor and family with copies of these documents and to keep them in a safe location should the time arise that you need them.
For more information regarding advanced directives and to receive these forms, please contact our nurses station at 307-885-5864.